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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187564
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Date:21-MAY-2016
Time:13:27 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DG40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glaser-Dirks DG-400
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: HB-2139
MSN: 4-47
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Mollendruz, Waadt -   Switzerland
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:LSTR
Destination airport:LSTR
Investigating agency: STSB Switzerland
Narrative:
The pilot of the glider lost control and crashed into a wooded area at Mollendruz, Waadt. The glider, on a flight from Montricher Airfield - LSTR, was destroyed and the pilot killed.

Causes
The accident was related to the glider skimming over the tops of a hillside forest so that the glider was no longer under control and eventually crashed to the forest floor.
Contributing factors to the accident:
- Slope flight near terrain with little safety margin;
- probable sudden inability to act due to health problems.

Sources:

https://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/jede-hilfe-kam-zu-spaet-pilot-stirbt-bei-absturz-von-segelflugzeug-id5062822.html
http://www.rts.ch/info/regions/vaud/7740998-un-mort-dans-le-crash-d-un-planeur-a-montricher-vd-.html

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: STSB Switzerland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-May-2016 04:15 Alpine Flight Added
05-May-2021 14:43 harro Updated [Time, Narrative, Accident report]

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